little bit of lagniappe

reflecting on everyday grace

Joyful Hymn of Praise

I woke up this beautiful new morning feeling unbelievably thankful.  It’s been an interesting week of unexpected challenges and glorious grace.  God’s love shines in the darkness.

While I want to go into much further detail about the above, my heart is too full for words right now.  Instead, I’ll cut and paste a favorite hymn that was sung at the Cathedral on Sunday, where mama and I shared in a glorious Thanksgiving service with a medley of different congregations around Atlanta.  The combined choirs echoed like throngs of God’s angels, and if you close your eyes, maybe you can hear them, too, as you read and meditate on these simple, powerful words…

For the beauty of the earth,

For the beauty of the skies,

For the love which from our birth

Over and around us lies:

Lord of all, to Thee we raise

This our joyful hymn of praise.

 

For the beauty of each hour

Of the day and of the night,

Hill and vale and tree and flower,

Sun and moon and stars of light:

Lord of all , to Thee we raise

This our joyful hymn of praise.

 

For the joy of human love,

Brother, sister, parent, child,

Friends on earth, and friends above,

For all gentle thoughts and mild:

Lord of all, to Thee we raise

This our joyful hymn of praise.

 

For each perfect gift of thine

To our race so freely given,

Graces human and divine,

Flowers of earth and buds of heaven:

Lord of all, to Thee we raise

This our joyful hymn of praise.

 

-words by Folliot Sandford Pierpoint (1835-1917)

-music by John Rutter (b. 1945)

A joyful, grace-filled, and purposeful  Thanksgiving to you and yours.  May we offer thanks with our lips and with our lives!

*Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I found this glorious version of this hymn on youtube…LISTEN

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3 thoughts on “Joyful Hymn of Praise

  1. this was our wedding hymn. I get a little teary each time I hear it. SO GOOD! Thankful for you Coach T!

  2. Your post calls our attention to two of God’s most bountiful gifts to us–words and music. They can take us to heights that dwarf even Everest! Thank you, Carter, for starting my Thanksgiving morning with this gift.

  3. I could hear it! Thank you for reminding us of all these blessings each day that we may take for granted! And thanks for the blessing of YOU!

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